On Friday October 19th, at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, the President of Italy, Sergio Mattarella, met with the Italian Community. A few Board members of the Leonardo da Vinci Society proudly attended the event. It was an honor and a memorable moment for all the Italian and Italian-American communities of San Francisco and the Bay Area.
“…sono lietissimo di potervi salutare, di manifestare cosi a tuuti voi l’apprezzamento piu grande di tutta l’Italia per la vostra presenza cosi operosa in questa straordinaria citta e in questo stato cosi bello e importante della California…” (I’m delighted to be able to greet you, to express to you all the deepest appreciation on behalf of all of Italy, for your active involvement in this extraordinary city and in this state so beautiful and important as California)
The event started with the children of La Scuola Internazionale di San Francisco playing the Italian and American national anthems. After that, the President of Italy, the Consul General of Italy Lorenzo Ortona, the Mayor of San Francisco London Breed, and the Ambassador of Italy Armando Varricchio, addressed the attendees, leaving them full of enthusiasm, pride and happiness.
Please watch the event and take take a look at the beautiful pictures taken by our Board Member, Enrica Cavalli.
Our September/December Calendar of events is ready for your review.
Please click here to download a PDF copy. We hope to see you soon at one of our events!
As new President of The Leonardo da Vinci Society, I want to personally welcome you to a new chapter for our organization. It is with honor and enthusiasm that I take this role after four wonderful years on the Board helping our past president, Amelia Antonucci, accomplish so many important programs.
As always happens, a change in leadership brings some excitement and news and I want to share with you my goals and dreams.
First of all, I want to maintain our mission and our values to promote appreciation of the Italian contribution to art, literature, science, and culture. We continue to offer wonderful cultural programs and networking opportunities.
I want to increase membership and see our society become a vibrant vehicle for creating new relationships and alliances among our San Francisco Bay Area communities.
Last, but most important, I want to Be Present and Go Beyond! I want to focus on you, get to know you better and work with you in shaping the future for the next generations of Italo enthusiasts.
I’m confident that this year we can all Be Present and Go Beyond. I will take the liberty to call you soon to chat about your expectations, interests and ideas.
Our fall programs are ready to go. Download our Fall Newsletter here and visit our website to register for our events.
I look forward to talking to you soon.
All my best,
Sabrina Longega Wilson, President
Leonardo da Vinci Society
An holiday evening of fun, mystery and intrigue
Friday, December 6th at 6:30pm
906 Broadway St.
Please join The Leonardo da Vinci Society for our
annual Holiday celebration.
EMCEE: Mauro Aprile Zanetti
Program of the evening
6:30 – 7:00 Meet your friends, grab a glass of prosecco,
and walk around our silent auction.
7:00 – 7:20 Get into the holiday spirit: it’s concert time!
7:20 – 8:00 Time to enjoy our Buffet Dinner from El Terrun.
8:00 – 9:30 Ready for some mystery and intrigue? It’s time to play.
9:30 – 10:00 Closing of the evening.
Why attend: Over the past 70 years, the Leonardo da Vinci Society has dedicated its work and efforts to promote Italian culture. We invite you to continue your support of this great tradition and join us for the evening: all the proceeds will go to our annual Leonardo Scholarship Program.
What to wear: Holiday or Festival Attire
Our venue: The former Roman Catholic church (Our Lady of Guadalupe Church) was originally completed in 1880 then destroyed by the 1906 earthquake and reconstructed in 1912. The church was closed and abandoned for 25+ years and reopened in 2018 as 906.World
The beautiful interior paintings are the work of Luigi Brusaton, an Italian immigrant born in 1885. The Church also contains the only extant mechanical organ in San Francisco, built in Boston, MA in 1888.
Our Event Committee
Honorary Gala Chairs
Hon. Lorenzo Ortona
Consul General of Italy
Mrs. Sheila Pierce Ortona
Annamaria Di Giorgio
Sabrina Longega Wilson
Mauro Aprile Zanetti
Young adults are welcome!
REGISTER as soon as possible to receive further TOP SECRET instructions!
You can pay online or send a check to:
The Leonardo da Vinci Society
PO Box 5775
San Francisco, CA 94147-5775
The NON MEMBER fee includes one year free LDVS Membership!
Big evening for the Leonardo da Vinci Society 2019 celebrations!
The society celebrated its birthday, after its creation in 1949, and the Leonardo Awards in collaboration with ISSNAF.
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